Seventy-three student-athletes have been named to Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Academic Teams for the 2017-18 season. In addition, women’s rowing—which doesn’t compete in the CACC—had eight students recognized as Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes.
“Their successes reinforce the emphasis our University places on student and athlete,” said Tom Shirley, assistant vice president for athletics and head women’s basketball coach at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Our overall departmental GPA of 3.4 and our 97 percent graduation rate speak volumes to the quality of the men and women our coaches are recruiting.”
Women’s soccer led all Jefferson sports, as well as the conference, with 13 Rams named to the All-Academic Team. Eight members of the women’s track and field team and five students from the men’s track and field squad made their respective All-Academic Teams to also top the CACC.
Three-time honorees include: mechanical engineering student Alec Fixl (cross country and track and field); engineering student Nicholas Nguyen (golf); architecture student Andrew Sauers (soccer); physician assistant studies student Ethan Fadale (track and field); accounting student Rachel Day (basketball); community and trauma counseling student Kelsey Jones (basketball); animation student Maddie Conway (cross country and track and field); and physician assistant studies student Katy Sullivan (softball).
In order to be named to a CACC All-Academic Team, recipients must have participated in a CACC-sponsored championship sport; be at least a sophomore academically and athletically; been a student-athlete playing a CACC-sponsored sport at their current school for at least two semesters; and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher through the preceding semester.
Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes must have met all eligibility rules as defined by their institution; be in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility; have rowed in their institution’s NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event; and have a 3.50 cumulative GPA or higher for their career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).